Thursday, 7 January 2010

A little bit on animal names.

Avery was asking about a Reindeer on lower campus who hasn't got around to dropping antlers yet, and she brought up a good point. Wildlife terms in English are confusing! Consider this:
  • Male Mule Deer are Bucks, Females are Does, Young are fawns.
  • Male Moose are Bulls, Females are Cows, and young are calves.
  • Male Muskox are Bulls, Females are Cows, and young are calves.
  • Male Reindeer/Caribou are Bulls, Females are Cows, young are calves.
  • Male Elk are Bulls, Females are Cows, young are calves.
  • Male Sheep are called Rams, Females are called Ewes, young are called Lambs.
  • Male Goats are either Bucks or Billies, females are Does or Nannies, but young are always Kids, and not fawns!
  • Male Wolves are Dogs, Females are Bitches, and young are pups.
  • Male Bears are Boars, Females are Sows, youngs are cubs.
  • Male Foxes are Todds, Females are Vixens, and young are kits!
It's all very confusing. Just when you think you know the pattern in English, you find out that Male seal is a bull, but a young seal is a pup!

1 comment:

Arvay said...

So not only was I wrong about the reindeer, but I've been wrong about the terms "hemoose", "femoose", and "behbehmoose"?